Scream 3 (2000)

All good things have to come to an end, right? The Scream officially reached “trilogy” status with the installment, just four years after the original release, and three after the sequel. As explained to us by Randy (Jaime Kennedy), all bets are off in this one, meaning any and all main characters can meet their demise. 

The studio decided to strike while the iron was hot, so don’t be fooled by the lack of rules in this one, because you know the main characters are not going to die. Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) is the only reason the franchise still has a heartbeat, so there’s no need to kill her off. 

However, as I pointed out in my review of Scream 2, when the main killer of a franchise dies, somehow, the evil is passed onto a family member, and the killing continues. You may be able to figure it out from the get-go, or you may be shocked at the twist at the end of this reveal. 

The only reason you spend the whole dreading the movie is that somewhere in Hollywood, they are filming Stab 3, the story about the Woodsboro murders. Things only get interesting because cast members start to die in the order they do in the script. Only after the entire cast gets butchered does Sidney come out of hiding to help solve anything. 

We know that Stab is the Hollywood version of the horrific crimes that plague Sid’s life, but we didn’t really need an entire movie tied into a Scream movie to sell tickets. You can tell this film was a disaster because it took them over a decade to figure out how to recover from this one. 3/10

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